John Moore Locks Gallery

Neon Red, 2014
oil on canvas
60 x 50 inches

John Moore Locks Gallery

Canal, 2014
oil on canvas
44 1/2 x 36 inches

John Moore Locks Gallery

Cord, 2009
oil on canvas
54 x 36 inches

John Moore Locks Gallery

Upper Bridge, 2005
oil on canvas
50 x 50 inches

John Moore Locks Gallery

Crossing Guard, 2013/15
oil on canvas
60 x 50 inches

John Moore Locks Gallery

Holiday, 2013
oil on canvas
46 x 36 inches

John Moore Locks Gallery

View, 2000
oil on canvas
60 x 60 inches

John Moore Locks Gallery

Dance Floor, 2014
oil on linen
60 x 50 1/2 inches

John Moore Locks Gallery

Scott, 2006
oil on canvas
30 x 24 inches

John Moore Locks Gallery

Fire Door, 2014
oil on linen
62 1/4 x 70 1/8 inches

John Moore Locks Gallery

Red Door, 2014
oil on canvas
36 x 46 inches

John Moore Locks Gallery

Wharf, 2014
oil on canvas
44 1/2 x 36 inches

John Moore Locks Gallery

Smoke, 2005
oil on canvas
50 x 54 inches

John Moore Locks Gallery

Alarm, 2009
oil on canvas
26 x 28 inches

John Moore Locks Gallery

Apple Tree, 2014
oil on canvas
36 x 46 inches

John Moore Locks Gallery

Bauhaus, 1998
oil on canvas
26 x 24 inches

Artist Bio

John Moore is an acclaimed contemporary realist painter whose work explores studio interiors, urban architecture, and in his most celebrated work, the post-industrial landscape. While his paintings evoke a sense of realism, Moore’s masterful surfaces upon close inspection do not concede to the rigid glossy façade of photorealism, instead maintaining a uniquely felt touch. Using a variety of detailed brushwork, the surfaces are built up in luminous layers of contrasting hues. The scenes presented in his work further subvert true realism, though based off of en plein air sketches, photographs, and observational study in his studio. Moore re-imagines each perspective by combining disparate elements from his observations of various sites, re-rendering architecture and the landscape to suit his sophisticated compositions.

After his early explorations of interior architecture and still lifes, he expanded his subject matter to cityscapes. In the 1980s, he first visited Coatesville, Pennsylvania, revisiting the steel mills where Ralston Crawford, Charles Demuth and fellow Precisionist painters had worked. For the subsequent decades, Moore would further their legacy with his unique New Realist perspective, painting Coatesville and other post-industrial sites like that of Frankford, Philadelphia, where his studio is based. Moore continues to revisit sites and expand his gaze to new ones, exploring the lifespan of American industry and architecture through his meditative and luminous paintings.

Moore is also an honored educator; as the former Gutman Professor of Fine Arts in the School of Design at the University of Pennsylvania, he was the chair of the department for ten years. He previously headed the graduate painting program at Boston University, and taught at the Tyler School of Art of Temple University and the University of California, Berkeley. At Washington University he completed his BFA and went on to receive an MFA from Yale University. Moore was elected to the National Academy of Design and has been honored several times by the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His paintings are included in major collections such as the Art Institute of Chicago, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and many others. The artist has exhibited with the gallery since 1976.